D-DAY: US ARMY RANGERS MEDIC HELMET, IN ACTION 6 JUNE 1944 11 x 9 x 7in (28 x 23 x 18cm)

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Lot 271
D-DAY: US ARMY RANGERS MEDIC HELMET, IN ACTION 6 JUNE 1944
11 x 9 x 7in (28 x 23 x 18cm)

Sold for US$ 2,250 inc. premium
D-DAY: US ARMY RANGERS MEDIC HELMET, IN ACTION 6 JUNE 1944
Steel M1 Helmet with outer shell painted white with Red Cross on front, back and sides with plastic liner made by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company with leather liner chinstrap and olive green rayon webbing. Helmet interior chalked with name "Arnold" and serial number. Front seam, liner and fixed bale indicate 1942-1943 manufacture.
Provenance: Purchased in the mid 1970s from a French family who recovered the helmet from near St Lo, Normandy, shortly after D-Day; The Mountfichet Castle Museum, Essex.

This rare helmet was owned by a US Army medic "Arnold," who served with the US Army Rangers in Normandy. The Rangers were charged with breaking through German defenses and eliminating artillery positions covering the beaches on D-Day. The discovery of this helmet near St. Lo suggests it belonged to the 2nd Ranger Battalion who scaled the cliffs while under fire at Point du Hoc, 20 miles away. The bright coloration was intended to signal enemy troops not to shoot the unarmed medics, as per the Geneva Convention.
11 x 9 x 7in (28 x 23 x 18cm)
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